Folliculitis is a skin condition that results in the inflammation of hair follicles. The symptoms include clusters of white or red bumps around the hair follicle, itchy or burning skin, and the skin becomes tender. This condition is most commonly caused due to infection with the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus.

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Answer: Hi,Welcome to you have a fever? Is the boil pus-filled? Are you taking any medicines, or do you have any drug allergies? Do you have diabetes, hypertension, or thyroid issues? Have you had any fungal infections in the past? Please answer these questions for a better diagnosis.  Read Full »

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Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You have a fungal infection. Tinea barbae is a dermatophytic fungal infection affecting the skin present with coarse hairs such as beard and mustache. Please mention some details about the...  Read Full »

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